Books by Frances Fyfield

UNDERCURRENTS by Frances Fyfield
Released: April 23, 2001

"Atmospheric, perceptive, elegantly written: ample proof that Fyfield can plumb the male psyche as deftly as she does the female's in her Helen West and Sarah Fortune series (Staring at the Light, 2000, etc.)."
Shy, reserved Henry Evans, an American pharmaceutical scientist, met, loved, and ran from vibrant Francesca Chisholm, an English girl he met while backpacking in India 20 years ago. Read full book review >
STARING AT THE LIGHT by Frances Fyfield
Released: Jan. 1, 2000

"A superior job from an old pro."
A new challenge for the veteran author's occasional heroine Sarah Fortune (Perfectly Pure and Good, 1994, etc.), a vibrant, red-haired lawyer who works for the firm of Ernest Mattewson in London. Read full book review >
WITHOUT CONSENT by Frances Fyfield
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

"Downbeat all the way but, still, powerfully engrossing."
Helen West, a lawyer for London's Crown Prosecution Service, deals mostly with cases of rape and the often hapless victims she has to persuade to carry their accusations to court (A Clear Conscience, 1995, etc.). Read full book review >
A CLEAR CONSCIENCE by Frances Fyfield
Released: April 10, 1995

"Fyfield packs her tale with cynical insights and unrelenting tension, and she writes compelling prose that sometimes purples but rarely goes over the top."
Helen West, a lawyer for London's Crown Prosecution Service (Shadow Play, 1993, etc.), is grateful when a patrician friend sends Cath Boyle, her cleaning woman, to help with the renovation of the basement apartment that Helen sometimes shares with her lover, Police Superintendent Geoffrey Bailey. Read full book review >
Released: April 4, 1994

"Porphyria's Lover'' never ignite this doomy tale."
Fyfield continues her assault on the English Gothic (Shadow Play, 1993, etc.; see also Half Light, as Frances Hegarty, 1993) in this tale of Sarah Fortune, unassuming solicitor dispatched to the Norfolk village of Merton on Sea to help the fractious Pardoes divide the spoils of Henry Pardoe's estate. Read full book review >
SHADOW PLAY by Frances Fyfield
Released: May 1, 1993

"Fyfield's intelligence is as ferociously penetrating as ever- -unhappy Rose is particularly well-drawn—but there's barely enough action here to keep the pot simmering while waiting for Mr. Logo's plausible maleficence to bring it to a boil."
Crown Prosecutor Helen West (Deep Sleep, 1992, etc.) takes time out from her repeated attempts to convict a chronic stalker of schoolgirls called Mr. Logo to befriend Rose Darvey, an angry, compulsively promiscuous case clerk in her office, when she runs into her at a pregnancy clinic—not realizing that Rose has a surprisingly long-standing connection with Margaret Mellors, oh-so-proper Mr. Logo's next-door neighbor and surrogate mother, a connection that's about to bear fatal fruit. Read full book review >
DEEP SLEEP by Frances Fyfield
Released: March 4, 1992

"Bailey relationship, at least for now."
Fyfield (A Question of Guilt, 1989; Shadows on the Mirror; as Frances Hegarty, The Playroom—both 1991) is slowly building a loyal readership—mainly of fans of Ruth Rendell's procedurals— and, here, again presents Crown Prosecutor Helen West and Detective Inspector Geoffrey Bailey with a case that impinges on both of their territories: Helen's gut feeling tells her that pharmacist Pip Carlton's wife did not just peacefully die in her sleep; Geoff's fellow officer, the violent-when-drunk Duncan, is the estranged husband of Pip's assistant, Kimberly—who, unbeknownst to her, is the center of Pip's crazed sexual fantasies. Read full book review >
SHADOWS ON THE MIRROR by Frances Fyfield
Released: Feb. 7, 1990

A disappointing oddity from the talented Fyfield (A Question of Guilt, 1989), who now intertwines a group of lives in a manner so cunning, so intricate, and so corny that this would surely enthrall soap-opera fans. Read full book review >